I’m not sure if this is a very good example of trick photography. I took this in the forest on a recent outing with my wife. We are quite in to digital photography and are always up for more photo tips.
It took a lot of jumping to get this one right. I’m still not convinced that it looks exactly like I wanted, but it’s pretty close. What I was aiming for was the illusion that i’m standing in mid air, looking back at someone walking down the path toward me, and getting ready to run away from that person. It’s up to you to judge how well I accomplished that goal.
I’m quite impressed by really good levitation photos, which I consider some of the more impressive trick photography examples, although I wouldn’t consider this to be one of them. The thing is that you need to make it look like you’re floating or hanging in mid air. This is done through body positioning and the expression on your face. Mess up on either of these two and the picture just won’t look very good.
To me it seems like the best strategy is to get your body into a position where it doesn’t reasonably seem like there is any other way for you to get back down to the ground, except for by falling. And the other important thing is to catch yourself while you’re jumping up. If it looks like you’re falling and on your way back down (i.e. your hair is flying up or your clothes are lifted too high) then our minds will immediately realize that the person has jumped, and that doesn’t make for any kind of trick photo.
I’ve looked at a lot of photography websites and there doesn’t seem to be a whole bunch dedicated to trick photography, or with a lot of trick photography examples. Please leave a comment and let me know where I might be able to find more and go here to find out more about trick photography and special effects.